After spending another hour yesterday making calls to try to come to a conclusion over the 2x appointments and treatment I had for my leg wound back in August and early September. I’ve been applying the lessons learned, experience I’ve had resolving my billing for my heart attack, which i close to, but not yet finally resolved. Here are some tweets I sent after getting off the phone yesterday. Still battling the medical billing systems. Hint, don’t get diverted to applying for financial assistance when you have no insurance, until you’ve negotiated everything down to minimum for self pay, and … Continue reading Medical Billing update
So much about this rings true, especially this segment. In essence I said I had no insurance and would pay cash. Most, but not all of my bill was instantly discounted by 60%. I’m at about $38,500 now including follow-up, by minus drugs. I still have to work out how to pay that. Continue reading The Real Reason Hospitals Are So Expensive
I’ve always understood the term “projecting” but it has been fascinating to see the press and media trying to make sense of the Presidents sometimes incoherent and unrelated public tweets and statements. The best explanation is he is “Projecting”. That is he’s told something, or concerned about something and immediately make some form of statement about it. In many cases these things become apparent days, weeks or months later. There are write-ups on this here, here, and here. I got a surprise on July 30th, I had a heart attack. My left anterior descending artery was completely blocked. I’ll deal … Continue reading @potus isn’t the only one projecting
I’ve been quiet recently for no other reason than I’m mid-move from Austin Texas to Louisville Colorado. I don’t think Texas will miss me, or care if I’m gone, but I can’t help but be glad to turn my back on the what must be some of the most vindictive, small minded, and regressive politicians I’ve ever come across. It kind of doesn’t matter where you stand on the abortion issue, I’m pro-choice. However, when you look at the time, effort, money and all the laws, regulations that Texas has pursued in their attempt to de-fund Planned Parenthood, it is … Continue reading Way to go Texas
For-profit hospitals appear to be better players in this price-gouging game,” says Bai, an assistant professor of accounting at Washington & Lee University. “They represent only 30 percent of hospitals in the U.S., but account for 98 percent of the 50 hospitals with highest markups. Continue reading Out of control drugs
Back on April 6th I wrote a blog called “Healthcare Stupidity“. In a work email today it contained the following: It may surprise you, but prices for medical services can differ depending on where you go. For example, identical cholesterol … Continue reading Healthcare – Points mean Prizes!
Between the Maher, Stewart and Colbert TV shows you can get some of the most biting commentary on the real America. Bill Mahers latest blog takes on Texas as a “free market paradise” and a “We’ll stay out of your hair.” kinda place, makes some very interesting points. The contradiction between the business claims and attorney Abbotts current fight with the EPA which is at odds with the record of safety history and environmental impact; and alongside that, the rugged individualism and freedom, with what has been enacted this year over Womens health. Continue reading TEXAS Two Face
This article in Saturdays Wall Street journal was mostly about healthcare industry stocks, but what blew me away was the chart that was included. I’ve long felt the US Healthcare system aka “industry” was not only too expensive, you can’t have a balanced discussion about it, people immediately get very defensive. Once you’ve been treated a few times it becomes obvious that insurance is used as a blanket to cover a vast array of unnecessary services, loads of extra tests, samples, examples, scans and xrays. Often because upfront you’ve paid your co-pay, pre-pay etc. so what do you care? The … Continue reading All thats wrong with US Healthcare